Author has written 2 stories for Dangerous Days of Daniel X, and Maximum Ride.
This is the part where I'm supposed to tell you all about myself and my hobbies and what I ate last Thursday or whatever. I'm still trying to come up with something sharp and vaguely mysterious that'll make you drop everything you're doing and go 'wow', so hang on, I'll keep ya posted. I suppose I could say 'sixteen-year-old girl from Zionsville, Indiana', but that doesn't seem very flashy. Needs more 'oomph'. If anybody has any spare 'oomph' they're not using, I'd much appreciate donations.
I write. A lot. A ton. Several tons. Something that would break the weight limit on any bridge and send everybody plunging to their deaths in the freezy ice-cold water. Writing is what I do when I'm not out there beatin' bad guys and savin' the day. But seriously, folks, have a voice. Get out there and do something with it. Work on it and work on it, and just when you think you've got it delete everything and write it all again. I'm currently writing a 700-page action/sci-fi novel called The Haethan Factor (yes that's spelled right, no it's not supposed to be 'Heathen', yes I get asked this a lot). I've been working on it since the beginning of 8th grade and I hope to get it published soon. I'm not going to talk about it a lot because I don't want any ideas taken. My dream is to get it published before I'm out of high school (there! Another wonderful fun-fact about me! I'm on a roll here).
One of the most important things I've ever learned about writing is that sitting in front of a computer screen or an empty pad of paper isn't very inspiring. If you can't write, then DON'T. Get up, go do something. Read or watch a movie or charge around the house like a starkly raving lunatic bitten by a rabid raccoon. See? Inspiring! I have found I'm more inspired during the school year (generally the middle of math class) because I've got other things I'm supposed to be doing and an annoying shortage of time. When school and homework and chores are finally done and I only get an hour to sit down and write before bed everything comes out like magic and the hour is up but I'm not done so I end up staying up way past my bedtime and passing out around 1:00. Tis' the glamorous life of a writer.
I'm not really into copying and pasting things from other profiles. Dunno. Just not my vibe, I guess. Everything you see on this account is either originally written or compiled by me. I don't mind if other people copy and paste anything onto their profiles, but I'd really like to lay claim to my spoils: I have copied and pasted nothing from other accounts.
Tips, Hints, and Little Things Every Author Out There Really Should Know And It's Annoying When They Don't:
1.) If you write every day, you get better at writing every day. Find a quiet place where nobody can bug you, or listen to music on your bed, or camp out in the bathroom because it's the only place your little sister hasn't colored with permanent markers, and write, even if it's just whatever comes to mind (like, did I bring any crackers along? I might be in here a while...)
2.) If it's boring to you, it's even more boring to me. If you want to make an impression on someone, take the time to fix it up. Chances are the reader is not going to keep reading your piece over and over again for the sheer joy of it. You've got to hit home the first time because that's all you've got.
3.) Here's one of the biggest things when writing: it's all in your head. We can't see the inside of your head. In order for us to get the same reaction you have, you have got to tell us what's giving you that reaction. We want to see what's going on, not just your reaction to it. Tell us the story, not what you think about it.
4.) Please, please, please, people, punctuation counts, big-time. If things aren't punctuated right they are harder to read. The errors distract us from your ideas.
5.) Poetry does NOT have to rhyme, poetry does NOT have to rhyme, poetry does NOT have to rhyme...
6.) Resist stereotypes, in real life and in your writing. Sometimes it's hard.
7.) Writers read. Writers read a lot. Writers read all the time. Writers read until their eyes fall out - then they go and get 'em put back in and continue reading.
8.) Make lists of your favorite words and books and places and things. Think about them to get inspired. Write down quotes that inspire you. "You can't make footprints in the sands of time by sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time?" -Bob Moawad
9.) There doesn't always have to be a moral to the story
10.) Avoid using certain words over and over and over again in close proximity. It gets to be dull.
11.) Imply movements. Imply things that happen. Imply who's saying what every once in a while. You don't have to tell us point-blank everything that's happenin' on that end. If you're doing a good job, we can see it without you detailing every step a character takes.
12.) Always bring a notebook. Always bring a spare pen. Seriously, guys, if you're chock full of ideas, do this. I have saved so many ideas by having a little notebook that goes everywhere in my purse.
13.) Go for walk. Dance. Pull weeds. Do the dishes. Write about it. Move the couch and suck out all the dust with a vacuum. Push your little brother around the neighborhood in a stroller (I don't care if he's ten years old. Do you want to be a writer? Do you?!) Write about it. Go mow your lawn. Then mow your neighbor's lawn. Then come mow my lawn. Write about it. When the cat redecorates your bed with the contents of its stomach, write about it.
14.) Don't settle on just one style of writing. Play around with it. Have a personal favorite but be able to switch on command. Many teachers don't appreciate a sense of humor in reports about the 17th century and Hitler.
15.) Learn to tell both sides of the story. Even if that story is a decagon, or an octagon, or whatever they call one of those prism thingies with a hundred sides. Stories are not 2D. Know how to display the whole thing, even if you don't plan to.
16.) Live life like you're dying of a disease that turns people into zombies when you bite them. I dunno. Shazam! Be random.
Quotes. I like quotes. I like the kind that do creative things involving a milkshake and your nose. Before you read the following words of wisdom, I suggest putting down the shake or keeping a really big napkin within close reach. But then again, maybe that's just me and my ever-present sense of twisted humor - maybe you actually enjoy spraying chocolate ooze from the nostrils. Maybe it's what you do for fun. Well, you know what? Whatever. This isn't Burger King, I don't care whether or not you have it your way. I'm not going to force this on anybody one way or another. Ask no questions, take no sides. Do whatever you want while reading this. However, be forewarned - chocolate does not come easily out of keyboards.
Friendship is like wetting your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth
Last night I laid in my bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself...where the heck is the roof??
He who laughs last thinks slowest
A good friend will come bail you out of jail. A best friend will be sitting right next to you saying, 'We got caught, but boy, did we have fun!'
Always forgive your enemies - it really gets on their nerves
Every time someone hands me a brouchure it's like 'hey, mind throwing this away for me?'
I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. Whoosh!
Needing someone is like needing a parachute: if they're not there the first time you need them, chances are you won't be needing them again.
What if the hokey pokey really IS what it's all about??
Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver
Forget love, I'd rather fall in choclate.
Be tolerant of the human race. Your family belongs to it, and some day you might, too. If you ever stop chewing on the rug.
Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the world together.
If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror - I bet that's what really throws you into a panic.
Me and you is friends.
You smile, I smile.
You hurt, I hurt.
You cry, I cry.
You jump off bridge, I gonna miss you. Maybe.
I try to take my days one at a time, but sometimes several days attack me all at once. Usually when I'm eating french fries or peanuts or something else they like.
Don't criticize someone before walking a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and have their shoes. -Frieda Norris
My mind is like a steel trap - rusty and illegal in 37 states
What do you do if you're riding a giraffe and getting chased by a lion? Answer: get your butt off the merry-go-round and whatever else you happen to be on
If the world were a stage, I'd want to be the one operating the trap door.
I'm the type of girl who can watch a hundred horror movies and never get scared, but who will scream at the top of her lungs when toast pops out of the toaster.
Never, ever, ever try to make a grilled cheese in the toaster.
I'm going to live forever or die trying.
When life gives you lemons, you'd better wait for some sugar first or you'll have some really nasty-tasting lemonade
Don't take life too seriously - none of us are going to get out alive, anyways.
A friend of mine sent this stuff to me in an email:
The economy is so bad that:
- I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
- I ordered a burger at McDonald's and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"
- CEO's are now playing miniature golf.
- If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.
- Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.
- McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.
- Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.
- A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .
- Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.
- Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.
- The Mafia is laying off judges.
- Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.
- Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great!! The guy who made 50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made 1.5 Trillion disappear!
- And, finally... I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Lifeline. I got a call center in Pakistan , and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.
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